Jacob Lomax

Created by Michael Allegretto (1944--)

The Shamus-winning Death on the Rocks (1987) introduced former Denver cop JACOB "JAKE" LOMAX who becomes a private eye after his wife is brutally murdered.

This is yet another overlooked gem of a series from the late eighties and early nineties -- an era rich with series that coulda been contenders. Perhaps not as groundbreaking as some of the other series out there, but the books were solid, above-average P.I. fare, and drew plenty of praise from numerous reviewers for his gritty style, mordant wit (Publisher's Weekly) and his "tight-lipped prose that, handled well, can raise emotional bruises (The New York Times Book Review).

The author was raised in Colorado and grew up listening to the stories of his Denver police officer father. He's best known for the four novelsd he wrote featuring Lomax, but in the early 1990s, he began writing standalone novels such as Night of Reunion (1990) and The Watchmen (1991).


  • "Lomax walks the mean streets like he's supposed to, and does the things a man's gotta do when and where he's gotta do 'em."

-- Barry Gardner, Mystery*File



Rocky Mountain Eyes

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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